As much admiration and respect you must always have the powerhouses in world football you cannot help but have a wry smile when one of the smaller clubs gets a jump on them in the transfer market.
To see players such as Pablo Hernandez, Kevin Mirallas, Gaston Ramirez and Stephane M’Bia reportedly ready to snub teams who have more clout in the transfer market, not to mention the offer of European football makes you wonder.
Here is a little review on each of these deals and a video just to highlight the talents the players have.
Pablo Hernandez - Valencia to Swansea
Reportedly the Valencia winger has pleaded with the management at the Mestalla to let him move to Swansea and be reunited with his former boss at Getafe, Michael Laudrup. He sees this as his chance to play in the Premier League and he is desperate for the move.
Kevin Mirallas – Olympiakos to Everton
The Belgian forward is tricky, fast and last season found his scoring boots and should compliment Everton’s style well. He is good friends with Maraoune Fellaini which helped the deal but he personally admitted he preferred the move to Goodison over the Emirates and was even linked with Liverpool earlier in the summer.
Stephane M’Bia – Marseille to QPR
He once turned down Everton for Marseille but now it sooms the Cameroonian is on his way to the Premierhsip in a loan swap deal with Joey Barton. Many sources highlight this deal today and considering this is a player who has been previously linked with Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Bayern Munich it represents another coup for Mark Hughes.
Gaston Ramirez – Bologna to Southampton
This signing is quite incredible. After being perpetually linked with Liverpool, Spurs and Inter Milan amongst others it appears the highly talented Uruguayan is on his way for St Marys for £11.8million. Barring any last minute setbacks or hijackings this will be the biggest transfer coup of the summer so far and a real show of intent that Southampton are here to stay.
However good the players may be for their new clubs it is also with caution that they should be welcomed with open arms. The Premier League is a huge draw and the idea of using smaller clubs as a stepping stone cannot be underestimated.
However if these players put in a couple of memorable seasons I’m sure the fans will not worry too much if they eventually move for a sizeable profit.
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